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Highlights & News

February 2
APA urges Senate confirmation of CPSC nominees, read more

December 28
The APA urges the public to #celebratesafely this NYE!

November 2
Howard "Skip" Elliott sworn in as PHMSA Administrator, read more

September 8
President Trump nominates Howard Elliott to serve as PHMSA Administrator, learn more

June 29, 2017
APA applauds legalization of Consumer fireworks in NJ, see more

June 28, 2017
Must see July 4th Fireworks Displays, read more

June 21, 2017
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th, click here.

June 5, 2017
FMCSA withdraws motor carrier financial responsibility rulemaking, notice here.

April 19, 2017
APA files comments on TRALA ELD rental truck exemption application. 

March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.

March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.

February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

Highlights & News

NFPA Withdraws NFPA Standards 1124, 1128 & 1129

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council (SC) in an unprecedented maneuver, has issued a formal decision to temporarily withdraw the entire 2013 edition of NFPA 1124, along with NFPA 1128 & 1129, the test method standards supporting the retail sale and storage of consumer fireworks in Chapters 6 & 7. The decision states that NFPA will no longer develop standards in connection with the storage of retail sales of consumer fireworks, and the scope of the Technical Committee on Pyrotechnics has been stripped of any authority to develop requirements regarding consumer fireworks retail sales and storage.

Additionally, the decision directs the Technical Committee on the Fire Code to process a Temporary Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 1, to remove all provisions concerning the retail sales and storage of consumer fireworks extracted from NFPA 1124. 

The action by NFPA appears to be retaliatory because the APA filed a Complaint with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on October 21, 2013, appealing the issuance of NFPA’s Technical Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 1124, limiting the size of all permanent consumer fireworks retail sales facilities and stores to no greater than 3,000 sq. feet for new buildings, and no greater than 7,500 sq. feet for existing buildings -- thresholds below which NFPA 1124 does not require automatic sprinklers.   APA’s ANSI Appeal, however, was directed at NFPA’s failure to follow its standards development process that led to development of the TIA and subsequent issuance by NFPA’s SC.   NFPA is an ANSI accredited standards development organization.  As such, our Appeal is focused on the myriad actions by which the NFPA violated its own standards development procedures as well as ANSI essential requirements. 

The APA believes NFPA’s SC issued its recent decision presumably because NFPA did not want to answer the serious procedural errors identified in APA’s ANSI Appeal. 

APA members click here for more detailed information and the possible impact of this temporary withdrawal. 

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